about me

Born ’86 , grown up in Germany and lived all around Europe and North America, I’m currently a rural sociology PhD candidate at The Pennsylvania State University.

academics: I am interested in questions around food sovereignty, access to land, colonialism, peasant studies and subsistence production, in particular in countries of the Global North. My dissertation explores how ownership and sovereignty over land and water are materially exercised in the US-Canadian border region around Rainy Lake (Minnesota and Ontario) and how this affects wild rice harvesting as a subsistence practice of Ojibwe Native American communities. I am also involved in a USDA-funded project on private sustainability standards and metrics in US agriculture. Previous research projects were centered on peasant economies in Upstate New York, Italy and Austria. I graduated with a master’s level diploma in landscape planning and landscape architecture from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (Austria).

political: activist with the Coalition of Graduate Employees at Penn state, vice-chairperson of the Student’s Association at University of Life Sciences and Natural Ressources, Vienna (2013-2014), member of the Green and Alternative Students (Basisgruppe Grüne und Alternative StudentInnen), informal commitment for human rights issues and ecological sustainability. Spokesperson of the Green Youth Mittleres Mecklenburg (2006 – 2009).

music: tudied pop/world piano at Rostock University of Music and Theatre, Germany and Piteå School of Music, Sweden. student of John Law, among othersinternships at Modern World Studios (Tetbury, UK) and Greenhouse Studios (Reykjavík, Iceland), with artists and producers such as Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Greg Haver, Matt Schofield. Co-writing and producing songwriters all over Europe and in the US. Played keyboards in countless bands of all sorts of styles. Composing and performing electroacoustic music, creating sound installations and cross-art projects